The 2013-14 Indiana Pacers’ season ended in flames, and the loss of Lance Stephenson may have made some fear that the team’s window for contention is over.
But that is the pessimistic perspective, and it loses sight of all the great moments that fans got to witness over the last year.
To help remember the good times, we’ll spend the rest of the summer looking back at some of the Best Pacer Moments of 2013-14.
First up …
The needless 35-foot 3-pointer Paul George drilled against the Detroit Pistons. This game came during the heart of The Struggle, when Indiana’s minor issues after the All-Star break turned into full-on panic mode as the bad losses piled up.
This game, however, was a bright spot amid the dark clouds, and nothing was more fun to watch than this deep shot from the team’s star.
After some confusion, the Pacers hit the rim with a miss late in the shot clock. But it didn´t reset immediately. So when PG found the ball in his hands with what he believed to be an about-to-expire clock, he let it fly.
The clock did reset before he let it go, so there was no need to actually take the long jumper, which he released with the shot clock showing 22.
But when you get this result — putting your team up 94-91 late in the fourth quarter — why not?